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With a little imagination and our list of 17 fun patio ideas, you can transform any outdoor space into a vibrant, inviting area that’s perfect for whiling away the summer. 

For some, a patio is little more than a convenient space to plonk down a couple of chairs and enjoy a little rest and relaxation on a beautiful sunny day. For others, it’s a blank canvas, presenting an exciting opportunity to get creative, express their individual tastes and explore different design trends.

If you’re in the latter camp, this selection of fun patio ideas for your home is just the thing to spark your creativity.

Whether you’re looking to transform a tired, old space or building something new entirely from scratch, we’ve rounded up the most stylish and innovative ideas to help you create the kind of perfect patio you’ll never want to leave.

1: Create a Stunning Natural Look


Using wooden decking, plants and furniture made from natural materials can turn your patio into a relaxing haven 

The materials you choose for creating your patio area makes a major difference to the look and feel of that space.

Opt for stone paving and terracotta planters, for example, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a certain Meditteranean vibe about the place. Go with polished tiles and minimalist furniture, and you’ll have the kind of contemporary aesthetic that the designer magazines love.

If, however, you’re looking to create a natural haven of tranquility in your own back garden, then there’s really only one thing for it:

Using all-natural materials.

Use wooden decking and plenty of greenery. Make use of landscaping timber to build planters and retaining walls, or as the structure for vertical planting.

Think about combining this with natural-look furniture like this gorgeous cedar log loveseat from Lakeland Mills, and what you’re left with is an environment that combines the aesthetic beauty and peaceful ambiance of a remote wilderness with the convenience of being just a few feet away from home.

2: Turn up the Heat With a Fireplace or Fire Pit


An outdoor fireplace like this one creates a stunning focal point for your patio.

Nothing quite beats spending those long, hot summer days relaxing out on the patio, soaking up the sun with a glass of something refreshing in one hand and a good book in the other.

Or perhaps you’re more of a social animal and prefer to the most of the beautiful weather in the company of friends.

Either way, there’s one thing we can all agree on:

Spending time outdoors is decidedly less fun once the night starts drawing in, bringing darkness and cold air with it.

Yet the sun setting doesn’t have to mean it’s time to head indoors.

Outdoor fire pits have become increasingly popular over the last few years, bringing a much-welcomed source of heat to any patio space.

Portable fire pits and fire bowls come in a wide range of designs and materials to blend in with the rest of your outdoor furniture, though if you ask us, there’s something extra special about building a permanent fireplace into your outdoor area.

A fixed-place fireplace like the one in our picture above creates a striking focal point for your patio while at the same time ensuring you get to make the most of your space for longer, no matter how cool the temperature gets.

3: Add Patio Heaters for More Affordable Warmth

OK, there just isn’t room on your patio for an entire fireplace, and although some of those fire pits look impressive, the kind of price tags they come with mean they’re destined to remain on your ‘someday’ list for now.

Does that mean you’re forever destined to head indoors as soon as it gets a little chilly?

Not all.

A good quality standing patio heater can usually be picked up for a few hundred dollars less than a top-end garden fire pit and still provide more than enough warmth once the sun goes down.

As with the fire pits themselves, the best thing about choosing a heater is that you never have to look too far to find one that is built in a style that is perfectly in keeping with the look of your patio.

4: Take Al Fresco Dining to Another Level With a Patio Kitchen


An outdoor kitchen area can really add a whole new sense of fun and excitement to your cooking experiences.

Forget the barbeque, if you’re really going to enjoy cooking outdoors this summer, consider investing in a complete outdoor kitchen.

Space permitting, adding an external cooking can be a wonderful way of making mealtimes much more enjoyable, especially if you’re entertaining guests.

Of course, with the typical cost of an outdoor kitchen ranging from $4,536 – $20,407, this is hardly a small investment, but if you have the budget to play with, it may well be an investment worth making.

Some experts suggest that incorporating even the basics such as stove, countertop and kitchen sink to your patio space can add significant value to your home.

Go all out and build a wood-burning pizza oven, and you’ll really be taking al fresco dining to a whole new level.

Need advice on how to build your own outdoor kitchen? The BBQguys have got you covered.

5: Position Patio Furniture for Perfect Views


The placement of your patio furniture decision makes a big difference to how you enjoy your outdoor space. Consider your surroundings and opt for a position that will provide the best views.

Whether you go all out with a complete outdoor kitchen or simply fire up the grill on those hot summer nights, you’ll eventually need somewhere to sit and eat all that delicious food you’ve prepared.

It goes without saying that choosing the right kind of patio table set to suit your space is an important decision to make, but just as important is where you place that furniture.

If you’ll be using your patio to enjoy a spot of lunch, for example, think about where you’ll be able to enjoy the best views of that beautiful garden you worked so hard to create.

Alternatively, pay attention to where the sun sets and arrange that furniture so that you can sit back, relax, and watch the sun go down of an evening, preferably with a refreshing drink or two.

6: Create the Perfect Ambiance with Umbrella Lights

You’ve got that patio furniture set placed in the perfect position and you’ve even added a patio umbrella to add a little shade on those excessively hot days.

Now there’s just thing missing to really make it the perfect patio:

Lights added to your umbrella.

As we discussed in our guide to the best patio umbrella lights, strand lights, disc lights, and lanterns can all make an attractive addition to your outdoor space while proving to be a welcome source of light on those evenings when your usual outdoor lights aren’t enough.

7: Add Lanterns for a Rustic Vibe


Consider adding a rustic touch by including lanterns to compliment your outdoor patio area.

Speaking of lanterns, you can do much more with them than simply hanging them from your patio umbrella.

Combining vintage design with a timeless style, Larger lanterns with flameless candles or other light sources can add a certain sense of rustic chic to your patio.

Solar-powered models like these charming antique-look lanterns from TomShine frequently prove popular as they require no wiring or external power source.

Simply place them somewhere with lots of direct sunlight during the day, and they’ll soak up that light, converting it into energy to power your lights throughout the evening.

The thing we like best about lanterns is just how versatile they are. They can be hung from nearby trees, placed among your flower beds or planters, or simply positioned on or around your patio furniture.

Since they’re so inexpensive, you may even want to pick up three or four and experiment with an outdoor lighting design that works best for you.

8: Blur the Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor Spaces


Merging indoor and outdoor spaces into one is a popular design trend, and with beautiful results like this, it’s not difficult to see why.

It’s no secret that fusing indoor and outdoor spaces has become one of the biggest trends in architecture and design over recent years.

Rooftop gardens and the aforementioned outdoor kitchen are among some of the most popular options utilized by proponents of the indoor-outdoor trend, but for today, let’s focus purely on the patio.

Think about using the same kind of flooring throughout both spaces. If your patio backs onto your kitchen, for example, then tiles throughout can create a continuous look, making both spaces feel like two parts of a larger whole rather than separate entities.

Glazed sliding doors and additional windows will really enhance this effect and, of course, the kind of decor you choose will make a big difference.

One neat trick to really blur the lines involves the strategic placing of plants at the point where your indoor and outdoor spaces meet.

Bring some of the plants you grow naturally into your garden indoors and place them near the doors, then bring some of your remaining outdoor flora closer to the house to create the impression that one space is merely a continuation of the other.

9: Mix and Match Materials for a Unique Finish


A wooden patio canopy with a stone base creates an interesting talking point as well as serving as a reflection of your individual style.

We talked earlier about how using plenty of landscaping timber and greenery can create a gorgeous natural look, while opting for lots of stone creates a much more contemporary, designer aesthetic.

Yet there’s no reason why you can’t combine both.

As with the rest of your garden, your patio is a place where you can really get creative, fusing different styles and blending contrasting materials together to create a space that is uniquely your own.

Explore different ideas and consider how you can bring your favorites together to reflect your individuality and personality.

10: Create Multiple Patio Areas


With a big enough space, you could create separate patio ‘zones,’ each with their own individual function.

If merging styles is your idea of a designer nightmare, here’s another way that you could use different materials and features in the same space.

If your garden is large enough, you could consider creating multiple ‘zones’ or areas throughout your patio, each serving a different purpose.

Continuing the trend of blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, a multi-zone patio area is a great way to reflect the layout of your home in your garden.

For example, if there’s one area closest to your property that provides plenty of shade, this might be a good place to add a swing bench or a small patio table and a couple of chairs to create a chill-out spot.

Elsewhere, you could build the kitchen or grilling area, a third area for entertaining, and a fourth whose function is purely decorative, lending a touch of beauty to your space.

11: Create a Sense of Intimacy


A secluded spot like this one really helps to create  that “getting away from it all” feeling.

Whether it’s a relaxed dinner or a more lively garden party, your patio can be the perfect place to spend time socializing with friends and family, but let’s be honest:

Sometimes, all you really want to do is get away from it all and unwind.

Carving out a secluded spot on your patio can help with that.

Perhaps you can use plants to create a border around a small area to create your own private hideaway, or adding a welcomed-sense of seclusion with a canopy or gazebo.

Add some soft, comfortable seating, some fairy lights or lanterns for ambiance, and a table for your favorite books, drinks, and snacks, and voila, the peaceful sanctuary you truly deserve.

12: Step it up with a Designer Garden

Adding steps and multiple levels can help you do more with your patio space.

Just because most patios are of the single-level variety doesn’t mean yours has to be.

With a carefully-planned layout, decking, stairs, and even a balcony can add a whole new dimension to your patio design, helping you to maximize even the smallest of spaces.

13: Attract Nature with a Bird Table

You’ve designed your dream patio to serve as a haven of peace and serenity, a place you can escape the hustle and hassle of day-to-day life and enjoy a few quiet moments of quality downtime.

Yet while you may not be so inclined to share that space with other people, there’s nothing to say you can’t enjoy the company of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

Adding a bird table, a feeder, or simply planting bird-friendly plants around your patio can be a great way to attract a whole host of feathered friends to your garden and create that sense of calm relaxation that comes from being at one with nature.

14: Be Bold With Color Choices


Liven up dull furniture with vibrant cushions and accessories to a bright and sunny look to your patio.

Even the most brilliantly designed patios can often be fairly colorless.

As stylish as they may be, those dark-brown rattan patio chairs aren’t exactly cheerful, nor does that oak-stained table really reflect the kind of bright and happy vibe you’re going for.

So switch things up a little.

Ditch the bog-standard beige cushion covers that seem to come with every patio furniture set ever created and swap them for more vibrant options such as in our picture above.

Consider opting for plants and flowers that can add a touch of color, and opt for table clothes and accessories that can help brighten up your lifeless space.

15: Combine Your Patio with a Water Feature

Building a patio as a natural extension to a backyard pool area may be an obvious choice for many people, but for others, it’s simply out of the question.

For some, there simply isn’t the room to go about building a swimming pool and even if there was, the natural climate of their home state means they’d hardly get to use it anyway.

Get a little creative, however, and there’s still plenty of ways that you can combine your patio with some kind of water-based feature to create a stunning talking point.

To create that sense of seclusion and privacy we keep talking about, why not build a garden stream to separate your patio from the rest of your outdoor area? An attractive garden bridge like this one could be used to connect the two areas while dramatically enhancing the design of your garden.

Looking for something a little simpler? Building a pond or pool on the edge of your patio always works well, as does adding a stylish feature like this elegant cascading waterfall feature.

16: Used Planters to Beautify Your Privacy


Adding plants to any surrounding walls helps you maintain privacy while still creating a bright and colorful space.

Whether it forms the boundary of your property or is simply a design feature, a stone wall is a great way to create a sense of privacy and security for your patio area.

However, it can also be pretty bland, and make sitting outdoors feel more like you’re in a prison rather than your own private sanctuary.

This is where planters can really prove invaluable.

As with the example above, a few well-placed plants can transform any boring barrier into a beautiful border, retaining the privacy you while making the whole area feel bright, cheerful, and inviting.

17: Get Creative with Paving


Never underestimate what a big difference some creative paving designs can make to your patio.

Last but no means least, let’s not forget that important yet often underrated feature of good patio design – the paving.

While your creative options for wooden decking may be limited, tiles, using paving stones or similar materials can open up a whole new world of possible ideas.

Waves, curves, and intricate designs like the one in our image above take a little work and ingenuity, but the results are usually highly impressive.

Alternatively, even a basic combination of concrete slabs and gravel can lead to some interesting designs without too much effort.

Top Tips for Designing the Perfect Patio

Anyone of the creative and fun patio ideas above will make a wonderful difference to an existing space, transforming a dull design into something much more vibrant and inviting.

However, if you’re designing a patio from scratch, then there’s a few more essential details you need to keep in mind:

What’s the Purpose of Your Patio?

Creating a relaxing retreat is an obvious priority for many patio owners, but you may have other goals in mind which will likely influence how you put that space together.

If you want to use your garden to increase the value of your property, for example, then adding an outdoor kitchen or even a simple water feature may be top of your to-do list.

If, on the other hand, your main priority is creating a space where you can host the kind of summer garden parties that become the talk of your social circle, then features like seating, lighting, and possibly even outdoor speakers may be more important.

Where will you Place Your Patio?

Position plays an important role in making the most out of your patio.

The most obvious option is to create a space that serves as an extension of your property itself, perhaps with sliding glazed doors to create a sense of the two areas coming together as one.

Yet if you’d enjoy a more scenic view by placing your patio at the other end of the garden, or if sitting directly outside your property means you won’t enjoy as much sunlight, then it pays to consider a different spot.

How Much Will You Need?

A private sanctuary for two naturally requires less space than an alfresco dining area for a family of five, so think carefully about how many square feet you’re likely to need.

Furniture should be taken into consideration here too. Sure, that huge outdoor grill or table set may fit, but if it dominates your patio set, then the whole area may feel cramped and claustrophobic rather than the haven of tranquility you’ve been eager to create for so long.

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Ocean enthusiasts, like sailors, boaters, surfers, kayakers and windsurfers, for instance, oftentimes have a tough time finding the right shoe to protect their feet from constant exposure to water. Chafing, mildew and blisters can all be an issue if water specific shoes aren’t used. Nothing can ruin a surf or sailing trip quicker than foot injury or discomfort. Although neoprene booties are an option when braving frigid water or shallow reef passes, they don’t really function as a shoe structurally or technically. So where can water lovers find a surf “shoe” that is both waterproof, supportive, well made and sturdy for a reasonable price? INFMETRY Boating Water Shoes. The INFMETRY Anti Skid Outsole Five Finger Toes Quick Drying Outdoor Waking Shoe Slip Resistant Breathable Lightweight 5 Toe Shoes are the perfect option for consumers looking to purchase are great all around water shoe. 



The men’s Anti Skid Outsole Water Shoe, specifically, are not only extremely functional when exposed to the elements, but they are also quite affordable. Surf and water gear is often quite pricey, and surfers and boaters, for instance spend an arm and a leg on gear, so at around $38, customer’s can’t go wrong with the price. In fact, customers can expect to pay the same for two pairs of INFMETRY Shoes as they would for one pair of a competitors brand or bootie. These breathable, rubber, five-toed shoes fit true to a person’s size and can be worn in and out of the water environment of choice. INFMETRY’s shoes are not only breathable, but also wick away moisture with their modern, patented technologies and sturdy rubber soles. Each shoe is carefully constructed and sewn with the consumer’s well-being in mind.



Planning a sailing or surfing trip abroad or looking for a great water shoe for your local line-up? Because these innovative shoes are carefully designed and constructed with durability, strength, comfort and breathability in mind, customers can expect their feet to be well taken care of when out on the ocean, lake, or river. Merrto Shoes never get soggy or weighed down and don't have to be hung to dry. Mold and mildew are never and issue with Merrto Water Shoes because of the carefully chosen materials and air circulation throughout. Merrto also offers running and hiking shoes that are equally as well-made and by far one of the most affordable options on the market. Customers rave about the affordability and durability of these products. Don’t wait to order your pair of INFMETRY Water Shoes online at our store or amazon.com. You won’t be disappointed with these fun, well-made, affordable and attractive water shoes made specifically for your favorite water sports.

This TV has 3 customizable alarms as well as 10 min snooze increment to make sure you are never late again! It’s not only an alarm, but a Bluetooth speaker too. Though it looks small, it holds big volumes and can last up to 5 hours of continuous wireless music playing. Just pull this TV out at your next gathering, we guarantee it’ll be a hit!

Cute displays pop up for every function and you can add your own charm to it with the recording option. Want to hear yourself or something customized waking you up every morning? This TV can do that! Want to give it as a gift? This TV can record a personalized message to your friends or family!

 Buy it now!

 

This is an animated sunflower play saxophone with hip wiggle, it is so enchanting and funny which will be a good option for your gifts list. 

Drunken tails has unique shape inspired from the African drunken animal’s tail. The animals living in Africa often get drunk by eating fermented fruit what is called “Marula”. After heavy ingestion of Marula, they stumble just like drunken men. The product is motivated from this hilarious scene of drunken animals swing their tail back and forth. To represent this swaying motion of animals, we combined a form of a roly-poly toy with a bottle opener.

Drunken tails is happy to join you to pass on pleasant feeling while you are having a beer with your friends! Let them hang around and stagger to groove the moment.

Drunken tails is a fascinating object that sways back and forth on any flat places around you. We hope to provide unexpected unique experience to users with this fun feature on bottle opener.

Sit back and enjoy a cool beer tonight with drunken tails!

Size : 120mm x 130mm x 60(45)mm (packet)
Material : ABS, Steel, Magnet
Color : Lime, Orange, Cacao, Red

This is the world's most beautiful cat house, not only to give your cat a privacy room, but it is also an elegant decorator in any room of your home.
The round shape of Igloo Litter Box makes it large enough for average cats to comfortably turn around and dig. The wide entrance allows cats within 7kg to walk through easily. It is one of the largest product of its kind.
Allows cats to do their business in a quiet, safe and private space. Keeps the bad smell off the interior space. Prevents small dogs and children from enjoying the "treats" inside.
The long clean grid at the entrance can help cats clean the litter in their paws every time they walk out, nearly eliminates litter tracking and provides a clean space for cat owners.
Just lift the lid, grab the scoop, the arced front edge matches Igloo's contours for thorough scooping. You can also easily attach the scoop at the edge of base after cleaning.
The modern design style complements any room, which can eliminate the awkward moments when your guests see you putting in a toilet in your room. It is much more than an elegant piece of furniture.

If-you’re looking for a painless, non-invasive way to get pointy elf ears, you’re probably going to love these cool-looking earbuds.



The Elf Ear Style Earphone is the perfect accessory for elf-loving audiophiles. While earphone are generally used by people who don’t want to stand out too much, this unique pair will grab a lot of attention due to their unusual shape. These things go into your ears like regular earbuds, but they also act as pointy extensions for the ear lobes, giving you that coveted elf look.

 

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How to trim insoles?

November 14, 2016

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Check whether the shoe already has an insole that can be removed, and how it will affect the installation of a new insole. A removable insole is normally easy to identify because it tends to be thick and not glued down. Because it might be difficult to wear two padded insoles in one shoe. 


Step 1: Remove factory insole

Buy an insole close to your standard size. If your shoe size is a half size, round up to the next full size. For example, if the shoe size is a 7.5, choose a size 8 insole. Larger insoles can be trimmed to fit a slightly smaller size.

Step 2: Tracing

Put the original insole on top of the new insole. Line up the back of the heel and the arch as best you can. 

While holding the original insole aligned against the new insole, use the marking pen to trace around the original insole to get an outline to cut along.

Step 3: Trimming

Cut your new insole just inside the line you just drew. Once the insoles are trimmed, they should fit properly into your shoes.



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November 08, 2016

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With its sturdy frame construction and distinctive design, the INFMETRY Umbrella is the perfect combination of durability and metropolitan style.
  • Wind-combat Frame Systems:Each rib is reinforced with high-density fiberglass ligaments to prevent breakage or rib distortion in strong winds. 

  • Automatic Open & Close: Simply OPEN or CLOSE the umbrella with a press of a button within one second. Perfect for one handed operation.

  • Keeps You Dry: The umbrella canopy is made from 190T micro-weave fabric that is coated with the industry leading Teflon fabric protection that repels water and dries fast. 

  • UV Protection: Vinyl coated polyester on canopy can resist most ultraviolet rays.
     
  • Potable but don't compromise on practicability: Measures 13.8 inches in closed length, lightweight and easy to toss into a business backpack. Measures 45 inches in coverage arc diameter, big enough for nature's wrath.
  • Emergency Hammer: The umbrella ferrule is made of 800HV chromium alloy which can be used as a window glass breaker or car rescue escape hammer.
  • Umbrella Hanger Included: Simply clip on the umbrella to the hanger and just placed it anywhere that's convenient!



Coverage Arc Diameter: 45 inches
Closed Length: 13.8 inches
Weight: 0.96 lb
Button System: Auto-open & auto-close button system
Shaft Material: Steel
Frame System: Fiberglass reinforced 8-rib frame system
Canopy Fabric: 190 thread-count microweave fabr
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